We raised over £40k but interest died out over time
Rider down, (in a serious condition) Grizedale forest,
@DavidB - firstly £40k is a great effort, perhaps in this age of social media it's time to re-launch it ?
Aye good work.
Hope fella gets better soon, though it all sounds rather serious.
Worked on Air ambulance for a while.
This was an interesting landing.
Joint MRT/AA job
Bit shakey, but small cannon G7 and was multi tasking.
To update everyone about the rider who crashed had an email from a freind of his who writes.
The guy who was injured last week is called mark. He is stable and in high spirits but is now paralysed from the chest down. His helmet saved his life!
He is mega positive bloke! I am visiting him again on Wednesday and will ask if I can email you the link to his family blog and you can put it on the page you guys have all been offering your support on.
Both the heli medics and the ground crew were great, they landed within 20m which is reassuring to anyone out in the hills!
Thanks a lot, every positive comment and thought means a great deal to him and his family. I will read your blogs out to him on wednesday.
Im sure everyone wishes Mark his family and freinds the best of luck and a speedy recovery.
And of course not forgetting all those emergency services that where involved in the treatment of the casulty, and all the staff who are going to be involved in his rehabilitation.
Thanks for updating the thread, project. To clarify, is the paralysis permanent?
Best wishes to Mark for the tough times ahead, great to hear that he is remaining positive.
Jesus, healing vibes for him
Healing vibes indeed. Awful to hear of the paralysis, really hope it isn't permanent.
Air ambulances = invaluable.
Jesus, healing vibes for him+1
That is very sad news
Jeez, May i add my best wishes to Mark and his family and friends for the times ahead.
Rather sobering considering how fast i went down Hully Gully the other week.
Chopchop, the recovery of a spinal chord injury can be rather hard to gauge at an such an early time. Unless it's completely severed it may be a while longer before doctors can estimate how much function if any may return.
I hope the chap does okay, think I'll be wearing my back protector and a leatt for leery stuff from now on.
Fingers crossed for a positive recovery. You don't have to be riding 'banzai' to have a bad accident, sometimes you just land awkwardly from the slowest of tumbles. Friend broke his back on his road bike in a low speed off. Fortunately he made a full recovery
Thanks project for passing on Gregs email update. Hope Mark paralysis isn't permanent and he makes a healthy recover. Thought and wishes to his family
Hope he makes a full recovery. I had a big off while out riding this evening. Basically bounced my body over a large drop, luckily got away with cuts and bruises. Certainly brings home how dangerous mountain biking can be.
All the best to him, hope he makes a full recovery.
sad news indeed . mark i hope you make a full recovery . stay positive . positive mind can do wonderful things . good luck mate
That's sad news.
All the best in your battle Mark. It will take a strength you and your family never knew you had to get the better of this and I really wish you all the best. I hope you have a real strong, positive network of friends and family.
Stay strong all involved.
There are some amazingly inspirational stories out there if you stumble on your path back.
Healing vibes Mark.
Sad news if its permament, hope he recovers and keeps the positive attitudes. i can agree it doesnt have to be gnarly to be dangerous, as im currently sat in a hospital ward with both tib and fib snapped after a slow off on a fairly flat section a few days back.
be careful people...
Positive vibes if anyone can pull through I am sure you can, you must be a fighter and what was said above about being mega positive is all we nee to know. Chin up dude.
Everyone here is hoping for your full recovery mate.
Best wishes to you and your family at this time.
Your comments, good wishes and kind thoughts are an inspiration. Thank you so much.
This is the address of the family blog.
Please feel free to post your messages. All the support and encouragement Mark can get the better.
Betty the Blog
I read his dictated message...his attitude is awesome...
don't sell the bike yet bud....hopefully you'll need it sooner than you think
Thank you guys so much for taking the time to view the family blog and show such concern in Mark's (Rider Down) progress.
Thanks for all the comments - hope you don't mind I have poached the last one and posted to the family blog.
There is something about this sport that attracts special people. And its such a comfort to read your messages. So here's one from me echoed by Mark.... enjoy what you do guys but take great care of yourselves and each other.
Betty the Blog
Glad to hear Mark is doing so well. The blog is great reading, and it must be a huge comfort for him to know so many people are wishing him the best.
I wish him well, and hope he can soon enjoy the sunshine and fresh air
Good on him. We didn't need to know about the catheter though - that made me wince
Yea,me too...and I'm female!
As Mark said "too much information"
A big thankyou to Betty for the blog, and a big cheer for Mark, and all the staff, youre all so positive.
Not at all bothered about the catheter,its a general medical procedure,and just part of your treatment. :-), at least you get to do it yourself.
Hope the fella makes a full and speedy recovery!
Was out last year on road bike (spawn of satan) on one of those Evans bike shop sportives things around south lakes. A young lad came off descending east on Wrynose/Hardknott and was lucky not to get hit by a car (race rep mentioned that happened the previous year, with rider ending up INSIDE the car on passenger seat with windscreen wrapped around their neck) and had to be picked up by air ambulance with suspected spinal injuries.
I was quite worried by how long it took the Evans event rep's to get a grip of the situation and report some decent info around the place, almost might as well have not been there.
But big thumbs up to the air ambulance crew, they landed it in a tricky place, instantly took a complete control of the situation and just got on with it, and did a little spiral above us on way back off to show the lad a view of the craggs I think! Top!
Why these air ambulances do not receive a proper and fair gov backed budget I do not know, they are saints! But in the mean time, pitch in, you'll never know when they might be coming out to you!
After a week in Southport Spinal Unitl - Mark is coming to terms and getting grips with his new wheels.
Betty the Blog.
"One of tomorrows physio sessions is on wheelchair skills, I'm hoping to have a new set of wheels by then as my current chariot is something of a classic fossilised heap of crap! And just making it to the session will be skill enough! Trying to go in a straight line is nigh on impossible, unchecked it veers off to the left and would see me in the wall every fifth push!
Full update visist:-
Just read the blog. Not sure what to type if i'm honest....inspiring to read your positivity. Hope it all goes well for you over the coming months.
Puts my little problems into perspective! inspiring , well done Mark and Betty!
just read this thread.i hope you get well soon mark.
So glad i started this thread, because without it few of us would know about Mark, and the massive effort he is making to get better, and the huge commitment and enthusiasm he has along with being so postitive, funny and grateful to all around him.
I wish you your family and girlfreind the very best wishes.
nothing really to add beyond an admiration for your approach to all this and, if I'm really honest, a slight feeling that it could easily have been me a few times and I hope I'd have coped as well as your blog seems to show you are.
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